Mention a barbecue shop， look at the past， a street stall plus the tables and chairs placed at will， is a world of wine and meat； Look at now， dim light， retro or industrial elements， heavy solid wood dining tables and chairs， a image of smoke and fire. What about looking ahead？ What kind of image can the barbecue restaurant of the future be？ This is the question that we initially thought about when we received the design commission.
The restaurant is located in Green Milan square of Shanghai Yangpu district， a large area of glass Windows， showing the white and pure environment inside with an open attitude. At first glance， it doesn‘t seem to have anything to do with drinking and barbecue.
As early as in the ancient times when humans just learned to use fire， barbecue has become the main cooking method. Can we feel the flavor of ancient times and future in the modern barbecue shop at the same time？ In space， we draw the outline of the shape of the ancient cave with a simple and tension curve， extending the ceiling to the ground， blurring the boundary between the ceiling and the wall. We chose the stainless steel material that adds future breath to be qualitative in material， pure white coating and the terrazzo brick that is simple and natural， let ancient times and future come to an encounter in the space.
The partition extending from the top to the ground separates the spaces， and the spaces are connect through the openings in the partition， which created sense of depth visually and spatially.
The waiting area is located at the entrance， which is closely connected with the bar counter. The open bar counter provides convenience for the communication between customers and waiters. Instead of a wine rack， an orderly “cavern” on the background wall is designed to hold wines. It allows waiting customers to order a drink at any time， then place it on a custom-made side table next to their seat， and enjoy the wait， which may not seem so long.
Restaurant is divided into four spaces， each space with different levels and scales， providing a variety of dining experiences. The 4.42-meter high space in the central area is like a surreal magical cave， which brings visual impact. The vaulted condole of tall and rich tension is carried， it also feels like being in a holy white church， which added a sense of ritual to an casual barbecue meal. The six-person table area at the left side is separated from the central area by a wall， which space is narrowed in width but retains a height of 4.42 meters， providing a sense of comfort while increasing privacy. The height is lowered at the area next to the windows， to create a warm and private dining environment. The large floor-to-ceiling window on one side expands the visual space and eliminates the sense of depression. The back area of the restaurant has a high and open space gives a panoramic view of the layered and jumping ceiling， which is a great place to enjoy the overall view of the restaurant.
Large area of white， transparent floor-to-ceiling glass，the bright light， towering space…Some people say it’s like a cafe， some say it‘s like a church， some say it’s like a clothing store…In the minds of everyone who walks in， there is a different answer to the question we thought about in the beginning.
Project：Spring Grill Bar，Green Milan Plaza
Project team：Wei Wang，Le Sheng，Zhiyi Lu